Did everyone see the New York Times article about the 41 places worth visiting in 2011? We did and are feeling particularly proud that of their 5 selections in the U.S., 2 of them are in the State of Washingon: 2. San Juan Islands and 27. Olympic National Park. We actually have plans to visit both during our summer of enjoying the Pacific Northwest.
I, Catherine, also feel particularly lucky to have #4 – Iceland (strong maybe), #7 – London and #30 – Zanzibar on my list of places I’m visiting this year. I’m so excited to visit each place and catch up with family and friends at location #7.
As I was looking over the list, I was thinking about some of the other places listed that have special meaning for me.
#6. The Republic of Georgia – I always wanted to go. I love Georgian food, Georgian wine and Georgian writers. I spent a lot of time working with students from Georgia during my first adult job. I hope to get there one day, probably not this year, but one day.
#17. Gdansk, Poland – The first city I entered when I arrived in Poland 10 years ago when I spent the summer teaching English at summer camps. I love that summer. I learned so much about myself and working with people.
#20. Manchester – Ah, Manchester. What can I say? Being a student again but completely different from the first time. The Place where I met a great friend. A place where I fell in love (while on Christmas vacation in Seattle). There are a lot of things I don’t miss about Manchester and lots of things I do.
#21. Tallinn – If you get a chance to head to northeastern Europe, go here. I loved it. Old town is quaint and warm and everyone was nice which was a welcome change from Lithuania (no offense). I remember being a student in St. Petersburg, Russia and waiting for friends to come back from weekends in Tallinn with bags full Estonia pear cider. Yum!
#25. Whistler – Two years ago I went on a bachelorette trip for a friend and had a great time. I met some awesome girls, went snowshoeing and went to the cheesiest club I’ve been to in years. I’m hoping Micah and I can make it back up there this summer. Whistler is amazing in the winter but it’s just as lovely in the summer (and cheaper).
The snowshoe park was where the cross country skiing Olympic events took place, right at the base of the ski jump.
The snow is so clean there that it is blue.
We walked for miles in a blue mist of snow. It was stunning.
I told you I’m always in the back when I go snowshoeing. I can’t wait to get back there. I can’t wait to catch the ferry on Friday to Zanzibar. I can’t wait to spend a few days with Micah and Izzy camping in the Olympics.
What did you think of the list? Did they mention any places you plan to check out this year?